How to become an Apprentice
To become an apprentice and participate in the Apprenticeship Training Scheme, apprentices must be registered with SOLAS.
To become a registered apprentice, individuals must first find employment with a company. The company then registers the individual with SOLAS.
As a registered apprentice, SOLAS allocates the individual to a training centre and an institute of technology to complete Phases 2, 4 and 6 of the training. Phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are completed with the employer.
In what way do the apprenticeships progress?
The present standards-based apprenticeship scheme is run by SOLAS.
Advanced Certificate - Craft
Apprentices who successfully complete all 7 phases are conferred with an Advanced Certificate - Craft by QQI. Only holders of an Advanced Certificate can be registered as qualified craftspersons.
Holders of a Level 6 Advanced Certificate - Craft may be eligible for advanced entry to some of the Department of the Built Environment and Extended Campus courses.
Under the present scheme an apprenticeship lasts 4 years and is divided into 7 distinct phases
Phase 1: On-the-Job training while working with your employer
Phase 2: Off-the-Job training in a SOLAS training centre
Phase 3: On-the-Job training while working with your employer
Phase 4: Off-the-Job training in an Institute of Technology
Phase 5: On-the-Job training while working with your employer
Phase 6: Off-the-Job training in an Institute of Technology
The duration of each phase varies from trade to trade. However, in almost all trades, apprentices attend an institute of technology for Phases 4 and 6.
Institute of Technology Carlow Delivers Phases 4 and 6 Modules In The Following Trades:
The aim of this trade is to produce qualified electricians.
Electricians are typically employed in three main areas:
Electrical generation and distributionResponsible for the operation and management of national power stations and power distribution networks.
ContractingResponsible for the installation of power, computer and security cabling systems in homes and businesses.
Electrical maintenanceResponsible for the maintenance of electrical services, motors and automation equipment within a company.
The aim of this trade is to produce instrument mechanics. These tradespeople are responsible for the installation and maintenance of process instrument equipment. Typically instrument mechanics are employed in the following areas:
Measurement and controlResponsible for measurement and control of temperature, pressure, level and flow, gas analysis in manufacturing industries, primarily pharmaceutical or food processing.
Environmental monitoring and controlProcess instrumentation used to measure, monitor and control water and air quality, through environmental protection agencies.
Sales and installationResponsible for technical sales and installation as sales representatives or technical support engineers.
- Electrical Instrumentation
The aim of this trade is to produce qualified electrical instrumentation technicians who are typically employed in the following areas:
Electrical service maintenanceResponsible for the maintenance of manufacturing plant electrical services, primarily in pharmaceutical and food processing industries.
Calibration and maintenanceResponsible for the calibration and maintenance of process instrumentation equipment.
- Carpenter and Joiner
The aim of this trade is to produce qualified carpenters and joiners who typically work in the following areas:
Civil engineeringAssist in the provision of road structures, shopping centres, offices and other buildings.
Construction engineeringAssist in building domestic and commercial structures including houses, offices, extensions and refurbishments.
Higher Certificate in Geo Drilling (Apprenticeship) - NFQ Level 6
The apprenticeship in Geo Drilling is a two-year course which includes off-the-job training at Institute of Technology Carlow with the remaining time spent training on-the-job.
What is Geo Drilling?
Geo drilling extracts data required by built environment professions from the subsurface in the case of infrastructure development. It also explores the potential for natural resources by drilling into geological features. In addition, geo drilling facilitates the sustainable development of natural resources, in the areas of geothermal energy and ground water extraction.
Applications to the programme can only be submitted by registered employers.
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